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Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am Party, leads a faction meeting in the Knesset in Jerusalem on April 19, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Mansour Abbas: Arab protests were legitimate due to Jerusalem ‘provocations’

The chairman of Israel’s United Arab List Party (Ra’am) on Thursday defended the right of Arab Israelis to protest against the state’s “provocations” on the Temple Mount and in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of...
Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am Party, meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on April 5, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Will an Arab political party prove ‘kingmaker’ in Israeli elections?

Israel remains in a political deadlock as both right-wing and left-wing blocs remain unable to form parliamentary majorities, and similarly cannot find formulas to create a unity government. The situation is creating an opportunity...
Israeli Knesset member Mansour Abbas (left) and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. Credits: Knesset and kremlin.ru.

Mansour Abbas, Mahmoud Abbas and the ‘Abraham Effect’

Israel’s March 2021 parliamentary elections and those scheduled for the Palestinian Authority on May 22, 2021, in the West Bank have focused international attention on two Arab leaders: Mansour Abbas, leader of Israel’s United...
Tkuma Party head Bezalel Smotrich gives a press statement in the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on Apri 4, 2021. Photo by Olivier FItoussi/Flash90.

Lapid steps up coalition-building efforts as Smotrich digs in heels

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Blue and White chief Benny Gantz met on Saturday evening for talks on forming a potential coalition in the event that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unable...
The swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL.

Israel’s 24th Knesset sworn in under cloud of coalition crisis

Israel’s 24th Knesset was sworn in on Tuesday with less than the customary fanfare due to coronavirus restrictions on the number of attendees and the political crisis that is threatening to lead to a fifth round...
Ra'am Party leader Mansour Abbas and party members at their headquarters in Tamra on election night, March 23, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Ra’am official: Party won’t support Netanyahu coalition ‘from outside’

Knesset member Mansour Abbas’s Ra’am Party has decided in principle to back a coalition under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while remaining outside it, a senior party official told Israel Hayom. According to the official, the...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking by phone with U.S. President Joe Biden. Source: Israeli Prime Minister/Twitter.

Four more peace deals on the way, says Netanyahu

Israel is working on four more peace deals with countries in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. “There are four more peace agreements on the way. And the people come...
Deputy Knesset Speaker and Ra'am Party leader Mansour Abbas. April 16, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

What’s behind an Israeli Islamist politician’s budding relationship with Netanyahu?

Joint Arab List Knesset member Mansour Abbas raised eyebrows and angered some of his fellow Arab lawmakers after seeking to improve ties with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Party, yet the...
Mansour Abbas of the Ra'am-Balad Party holds a press conference after a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on April 16, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Joint Arab List fumes as Ra’am Party head skips vote to dissolve Knesset

Members of the Joint Arab List are up in arms after Ra’am Party head Mansour Abbas, along with three of his fellow party members, skipped a vote to disperse the Knesset on Wednesday. Faction officials went so...